Morrison throws Downtown Poetry Party

Feb 17, 2014
Dave Morrison

Camden — Local poet Dave Morrison invites one and all to a Downtown Poetry Party to celebrate the release of his ninth collection of poetry, “Stethoscope.” Festivities will take place on the third floor of the Camden Opera House Friday, Feb. 28. Doors of the Elm Street/Route 1 venue will open at 6:30 p.m., and the reading will begin at 7 p.m. Signed copies will be available for sale after the reading. Admission is free, and refreshments will be provided.

A stethoscope is a device, said Morrison, for listening to one's pulse and breath, for making sense of complex inner mechanisms — a poem can be the same kind of device.

“Of course, a poem can also be a song, a joke, a painting, a prayer, a dance with words,” he said.

Morrison’s poems have been published in literary magazines and anthologies; and featured on public radio’s “Writers Almanac” and the newspaper feature “Take Heart.” Morrison spent years playing in rock ‘n’ roll bands in Boston and New York City. All are welcome, especially those who are convinced that they do not enjoy poetry.

“Morrison's readings are much akin to performances,” said Ken Gross of the Camden Public Library. “His presentations are dramatic and lyrical and betray his years as a rock ‘n’ roll musician."

This poetry party is dedicated to the Owl & Turtle Book Shop. For more information about Morrison, visit find.mainewriters.org. The Camden Opera House’s third-floor Gentlemen’s Club and Gallery is accessible by the elevator in the Elm Street lobby.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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